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Lawrence George Durrell was born Feb. 27, 1912 in Julundur, India; the son of British parents, he grew up in India and spent his young adult years in England; he held many odd jobs such as jazz pianist, automobile racer, real estate agent, instructor, and press attaché; moved to France and became a full time writer in 1957; of his various publications, Durrell is best known for the Alexandria quartet, a tetralogy with titles, Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, and Clea which appeared between 1957 and 1960; died Nov. 7, 1990.

From the description of Papers, 1934-1966. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 39152953

Lawrence George Durrell (February 27, 1912-November 7, 1990) was an expatriate British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer. Durrell was born in Jullundur, British India and published his first collection of poetry, Quaint Fragment, at age 19. This was the first of many writings to be published, and though he is remembered as a great poet, much of his work in print is prose. Publications include: Prospero's Cell, White Eagles over Serbia, Bitter Lemons, The Alexandria Quartet, The Revolt of Aphrodite, and The Avignon Quintet. In 1935, Durrell married Nancy Isobel Myers and moved to Greece. In 1940 they had a daughter, Penelope Berengaria, and soon after had to escape from Greece to Egypt where he wrote about Corfu and their life on "this brilliant little speck of an island in the Ionian" in the poetic. During the war, Durrell served as a press attaché to the British Embassies, first in Cairo and then Alexandria. After the war he held various diplomatic and teaching jobs. Durrell separated from Nancy in 1942 and in 1951 he married Yvette Cohen, the model for the character Justine in the Alexandria Quarter. Durrell separated from Eve Cohen in 1955, and was married again in 1961 to Claude-Marie Vincendon. Vincendon died of cancer in 1967. Durrell spent several years in the service of the Foreign Office. He was senior Press Officer to the British Embassies in Athens and Cairo, Press attaché in Alexandria and Belgrade, Director of the British Institutes in Kalamata, Greece, and Cordoba, Argentina. He was also Director of Public Relations in the Dodecanese Islands and on Cyprus. His fourth and final marriage was in 1973 to Ghislaine de Boysson, whom he divorced in 1979. Durrell suffered from emphysema for many years. He died of a stroke at his house in Sommières, France in November 1990.

From the description of Lawrence Durrell papers, 1933-1971. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 277238766

From the description of Lawrence Durrell personal papers, 1970-1990. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 312108096

A British poet and writer, Durrell was born in India on February 27, 1912, was educated in England, and spent his twenties and thirties predominantly in Greece and in Egypt during World War II. In 1957 he took up residence in France where he remained until his death in 1990 at the age of seventy-eight. He was married several times. Durrell was very prolific, writing travel books, mysteries, essays, plays, and poems in addition to his novels. Durrell's writing was influenced by that of D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and most particulary Henry Miller, with whom he edited a short-lived avant-garde magazine in Paris in 1937. Their correspondence continued until Miller's death. Jean Fanchette, publisher of the bilingual literary revue Two Cities (1959-1964), promoted Durrell's work in his journal.

From the description of Lawrence Durrell letters to Jean Fanchette, and other material, 1959-1986. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 60494942

Lawrence George Durrell (February 27, 1912-November 7, 1990) was an expatriate British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer, though he resisted affiliation with Britain and preferred to be considered cosmopolitan. Durrell was born in Jullundur, British India, and although his formal education was unsuccessful and he failed his university entrance examinations, Durrell had started writing poetry at the age of fifteen: his first collection, Quaint Fragment, was published in 1931. This was the first of many writings to be published, and though he is remembered as a great poet, much of his work in print is prose. Titles include Prospero's Cell, White Eagles over Serbia, Bitter Lemons, The Alexandria Quartet, The Revolt of Aphrodite, and The Avignon Quintet. In 1935, Durrell married Nancy Isobel Myers, the first of his four marriages, and with whom he lived for many years in Greece. In 1940 they had a daughter, Penelope Berengaria, and soon after had to take his family and escape from Greece to Egypt where he wrote about Corfu and their life on "this brilliant little speck of an island in the Ionian" in the poetic. During the war, Durrell served as a press attaché to the British Embassies, first in Cairo and then Alexandria. After the war he held various diplomatic and teaching jobs. It was in Alexandria that he met Eve (Yvette) Cohen, who was to become the model for the character Justine in the Alexandria Quartet. Durrell separated from Nancy in 1942. In 1947 he married Yvette Cohen and in 1951 they had a daughter, Sappho Jane, named after the legendary Ancient Greek poetess Sappho. Durrell separated from Eve Cohen in 1955, and was married again in 1961 to Claude-Marie Vincendon. Vincendon died of cancer in 1967. Durrell spent several years in the service of the Foreign Office. He was senior Press Officer to the British Embassies in Athens and Cairo, Press Attaché in Alexandria and Belgrade, Director of the British Institutes in Kalamata, Greece, and Cordoba, Argentina. He was also Director of Public Relations in the Dodecanese Islands and on Cyprus. His fourth and final marriage was in 1973 to Ghislaine de Boysson, whom he divorced in 1979. Durrell suffered from emphysema for many years. He died of a stroke at his house in Sommiéres, France in November 1990.

From the description of Diana Gould Menuhin collection of Lawrence Durrell letters, 1944-1977. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 263096146

Lawrence Durrell was born in India and educated there and in England. He was refused admission to Cambridge University and left England in 1935. He edited "The Booster" with Henry Miller and Alfred Perlès 1937-39. He later worked in various government, newspaper and teaching positions in such places as Egypt, Greece, Yugoslavia, Cyprus, and Argentina. He became a full time writer in 1957 and moved to France. He was mainly a writer of poetry and novels, but also worked as a playwright, short story writer, translator, travel writer, and editor. His major works include "The Alexandria Quartet" "The Black Book", "Tunc" and "Nunquam". He also wrote many volumes of poetry and travel literature. He won several awards for his work. He also wrote under the pseudonyms "Charles Norden (Panic Spring) and Gaffer Peeslake (Bromo Bombastes). He had a close friendship, spanning many years, with Henry Miller and Alfred Perlès. He died in Sommieres, France. The University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections has a mandate to acquire literary papers.

From the description of Lawrence Durrell collection. [1950-2001]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 646006394

Lawrence George Durrell (February 27, 1912-November 7, 1990) was an expatriate British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer. Durrell was born in Jullundur, British India and published his first collection of poetry, Quaint Fragment, at age 19. This was the first of many writings to be published, and though he is remembered as a great poet, much of his work in print is prose. Publications include: Prospero's Cell, White Eagles over Serbia, Bitter Lemons, The Alexandria Quartet, The Revolt of Aphrodite, and The Avignon Quintet. In 1935, Durrell married Nancy Isobel Myers and moved to Greece. In 1940 they had a daughter, Penelope Berengaria, and soon after had to escape from Greece to Egypt where he wrote about Corfu and their life on "this brilliant little speck of an island in the Ionian" in the poetic. During the war, Durrell served as a press attaché to the British Embassies, first in Cairo and then Alexandria. After the war he held various diplomatic and teaching jobs. Durrell separated from Nancy in 1942 and in 1951 he married Yvette Cohen, the model for the character Justine in the Alexandria Quarter. Durrell separated from Eve Cohen in 1955, and was married again in 1961 to Claude-Marie Vincendon. Vincendon died of cancer in 1967. Durrell spent several years in the service of the Foreign Office. He was senior Press Officer to the British Embassies in Athens and Cairo, Press Attaché in Alexandria and Belgrade, Director of the British Institutes in Kalamata, Greece, and Cordoba, Argentina. He was also Director of Public Relations in the Dodecanese Islands and on Cyprus. His fourth and final marriage was in 1973 to Ghislaine de Boysson, whom he divorced in 1979. Durrell suffered from emphysema for many years. He died of a stroke at his house in Sommières, France in November 1990.

From the description of Ray White collection of Lawrence Durrell clippings, 1947-1972. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 276995944

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creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Post card [manuscript] : near Sommieres, France, to Jack Hirschman, 1958 October 9. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn J.M. Dent & Sons. J.M. Dent & Sons records, 1834-1986 (author files D-Gi). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Rubin, Louis Decimus, 1923-. Louis Decimus Rubin papers, 1945- (Series 1.1.1 D-H) [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. [Lawrence Durrell notebook] Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Lawrence Durrell personal papers, 1970-1990. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. [Reflections on a marine Venus / Lawrence Durrell.] Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Lawrence Durrell letters to Jean Fanchette, and other material, 1959-1986. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Trocchi, Alexander, 1925-1984. Alexander Trocchi collection of papers relating to the Edinburgh international writer's conference, 1962-1967. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Postal card : near Sommieres, France, to Jack Hirschman, 1958 October 9. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Manning, Hugo. Papers, 1942-1977. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Lawrence Durrell collection. -- McMaster University
referencedIn Gascoyne, David, 1916-2001. David Emery Gascoyne papers, 1954-1985. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
referencedIn Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. Letters and cards (47), photographs (17), books and printed ephemera (11), and enclosures (20) : to Suzen Kahaner, 1966-1972 bulk 1966. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Mountolive : a novel / by Lawrence Durrell. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Diana Gould Menuhin collection of Lawrence Durrell letters, 1944-1977. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Trigram Press. Papers, 1965-1975. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Beckett, Wendy. Papers of Wendy Beckett [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Glanville-Hicks, Peggy, 1912-1990. Sappho : opera in three acts [music] / by Peggy Glanville-Hicks ; libretto by Lawrence Durrell. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Fraser, G. S. (George Sutherland), 1915-1980. Selected papers of G.S. Fraser, 1965-1968. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Gawsworth, John, 1912-1970. Gawsworth (Armstrong)/Shiel/Redonda papers, 1928-1971. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962. P.A.G. Aldington letters from Richard Aldington, 1945-1962. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962. Harry T. Moore collection of Richard Aldington correspondence, 1958-1962. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Brigham, James A. James Brigham fonds. [1958-2006]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Lawrence Durrell collection. [1950-2001]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
referencedIn Gombos, Edith. Edith Gombos papers, 1960-1979. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Chimera papers, (1943-1959). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Duncan, Robert, 1919-1988. Robert Edward Duncan papers, circa 1938-1969. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn John Cushman Associates. John Cushman Associates records, 1965-1978. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Foster, Michael, 1937-. Michael and Barbara Foster papers regarding Alexandra David-Neel, 1977-1991. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Angoff, Charles, 1902-1979. Charles Angoff collection, 1927-1978. Boston University. School of Medicine
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. The magnetic island / by Lawrence Durrell ; a parable of islands and blue water, of souls and ceremonies, of oracles and miracles, dedicated to Doctor Theodore Stephanides of the island of Corfu in memory of four years of a charmed friendship ; with some drawings made by Nancy Durrell. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Bridson, Douglas Geoffrey, 1910-1980. Mss., 1934-1980 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Turret Books. Records. University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Ray White collection of Lawrence Durrell clippings, 1947-1972. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Sappho : a play in verse / by Lawrence Durrell ; produced by Terence Tiller. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Silverman, Stanley. Canso : for alto solo, chorus and plucked consort / Stanley Silverman. University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Sibley Music Library
creatorOf Glanville-Hicks, Peggy, 1912-1990. Sappho [manuscript] : an opera in three acts. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Byrne, Evelyn B. Collection of correspondence, of which part was used to create the book "Attacks of Taste," 1966-1971. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Harper, Allanah, 1904-1992. Allanah Harper Papers, 1931-1993. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Letter, [1979 Jan., Sommières, France], to Henry Miller. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Burns, Kristine Helen. Bitter lemons / Kristine H. Burns. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. The black book : an agon / by Lawrence Durrell. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. ALS, [1984] July 26 : Sommiers, France, to John Chappell, Eastbourne, E. Sussex, England. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Sykes, Gerald, 1903-. Papers, ca. 1921-1984. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Highet, Gilbert, 1906-1978. Gilbert Highet papers, 1929-1978. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Unterecker, John, 1922-1989. Papers, 1961-1987. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Factory Theatre Lab Archives (University of Guelph). Brave new works / by Factory Theatre Lab, 1980 - reviews and articles. University of Guelph. McLaughlin Library
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Papers, 1934-1966. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. TLS, 1977 August 25 : Sommieres, France, to James and Louise Wassmuth. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Curtis Brown Ltd. Curtis Brown Ltd. records, 1914-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. A key to modern poetry / by Lawrence Durrell. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Southam, Wallace. Nemea / poem by Lawrence Durrell from "A private country" ; music, T.W. Southam. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Robitaille, Gérald. Gérald Robitaille letters, 1951-1967. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Thomas, Rosemary, 1901-1961. Papers, 1930-1966. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Cooper, Giles. Giles Cooper papers, ca.1945-1984. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Perlès, Alfred. Alfred Perles fonds, 1938-1960. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
creatorOf Mankiewicz, Joseph L. Justine : a treatment and screenplay outline / by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Wake Forest University - ZSR Library, Z. Smith Reynolds Library
creatorOf Durrell, Lawrence. Lawrence Durrell papers, 1933-1971. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Gawsworth, John, 1912-1970. Poems transcribed by his friends for John Gawsworth, with a triptych by Nina Hamnett, 1946-1954. Dartmouth College Library
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correspondedWith Robitaille, Gérald. person
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associatedWith Silverman, Stanley. person
associatedWith Southam, Wallace. person
associatedWith Sykes, Gerald, 1903- person
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correspondedWith Venus, Brenda person
associatedWith Wassmuth, James and Louise. person
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